Lightning kills 22 in India; women's cricket teams narrowly escape being struck

Lightning kills 22 in India; women's cricket teams narrowly escape being struck

Lightning has killed 22 people, mostly farm labourers working in fields, across the south eastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

The state’s chief minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, said the fatalities occurred when thunderstorms and rain lashed eight districts in Andhra Pradesh.

A district cricket official said two women’s cricket teams had a narrow escape when lightning struck a tree on the grounds where they were playing in Guntur town.

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Lightning strikes are common during India’s monsoon season, which runs from June to September. However, the latest toll was unusually high.

Weather officials in the Andhra Pradesh state capital of Hyderabad said a low pressure system over the Bay of Bengal led to heavy downpours.

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